A couple of weeks ago, I saw Life of Pi, the new movie from Academy Award-winning director Ang Lee. I have no hesitation in saying that I got my money’s worth and much more. Yes, I saw it for free, but I’d feel the same way had I dropped $15 at the box office. I’m a cheapskate who can agonize over wasting a dollar, so that recommendation is as lofty as an 800-word treatise from me.
Based on the bestselling book by Yann Martell, the film tells the story of Pi (short for Piscine), an Indian boy who survives a shipwreck and is left adrift at sea with a Bengal tiger. Lee’s vision of life on the Pacific is magical – the water, the sea life, the calm and fury of nature. And the CGI that powers the Bengal tiger and other castaways is the most realistic I’ve ever seen.
The film is Lee’s first try with 3D, and he executed it masterfully. Outside of Disney World, I’ve never had a good experience seeing a 3D movie. This is likely because:
- I wear glasses, so donning 3D glasses on top of those is uncomfortable. Plus, it leaves me open to accurate taunts of “Four eyes!” from mean elementary schoolers.
- Most of the 3D action I’ve seen is just gimmicky.
- The first 3D movie I saw was Jaws 3-D, which, in addition to being terrifying for a kid, is just a crappy movie. (12% on Rotten Tomatoes)
Life of Pi is one cool movie, and it comes out in theaters nationwide tomorrow. Check these out these scenes from the film that beg to be seen on the big screen.